March 2017 Space Lounge

Space for art: Quilting in orbit

Left: Astronaut/Artist Karen Nyberg, ISS Expedition 37, shares her star quilt block. Right: Astronaut/Artist Karen Nyberg with the completed AstroBlock Quilt Challenge quilt that incorporates her star block in the centre.
Left: Astronaut/Artist Karen Nyberg, ISS Expedition 37, shares her star quilt block. Right: Astronaut/Artist Karen Nyberg with the completed AstroBlock Quilt Challenge quilt that incorporates her star block in the centre.
Nicole Stott Artist, Astronaut and SciArt Advocate

The ‘Space for Art’ column is dedicated to the inspiration that comes from the interaction between space and art. One of the most interesting things about this inspiration is that it presents itself in many artistic forms - and it is always such a pleasure to be surprised by discovering some new and creative way that artists are presenting the story of space exploration.

One of these surprising and recent discoveries is the world of quilting. This is another whole world of fine art that I was completely unaware of but thrilled to have now discovered. Of particular interest, of course, has been space-themed quilts.

These are quilts created and sewn by ‘fibre’ artists - and in addition to simple fabric and thread, they also beautifully incorporate many forms of mixed media to add texture and dimension.

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